Based on the bestselling thriller of the same name from author James Patterson, 'Kiss the Girls' sees Morgan Freeman take the role of Washington DC detective and psychiatrist Dr Alex Cross in a serial kidnapping and murder case where a clever and wicked killer who calls himself "Casanova" (after the great lover) snatches young and beautiful women and keeps them captive underground for days on end before murdering them in the woods. Alex is brought in on the case as his young neice Naomi is one of the women who have been kidnapped. The only way Alex can find the killer and the missing girls is from the help of one of the women who escaped, Kate McTeirnan.
Anyone familiar with the Alex Cross books (like myself) will recognise a lot of the characters in the film, such as Alex, John Sampson and Kyle Craig. Morgan Freeman does an excellent job of portraying Alex, although he does seem a little old for the role (in the books he is about 35 years old at this point). Ashley Judd plays victim Kate very well too, carrying off the kickboxing doctor much like the novel's character.
The story sticks very close to the book, so fans of the series of novels should be happy with this adaption. Although it was released before Along Came A Spider (Kiss the Girls is the 2nd Cross book) there is no reason why it cannot be watched in either order. Overall it is a top quality thriller that is full of action and suspense and if you haven't read the book, it will keep you guessing until the end. As one of my favourite thriller novels, I am very satisfied with this adaption. It's just a shame the rest of the Alex Cross books haven't been made into movies too.